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Poster: deadlover14 Date: Nov 24, 2007 8:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Im new to this

im 16 and LOVE the dead but am too young to know where to start. I got 5-8-77 and 2-24-74 and a few others but dont know where to go. any suggestions? im not a big 80's guy... should that change?

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Poster: mcglone Date: Nov 24, 2007 10:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

welcome, young buck...

here are a couple of tour photos for you (92-94) - might help paint the picture...

ian

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Nov 24, 2007 9:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

ALMOST ANY SHOW FROM '81. Welcome aboard!!

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Nov 24, 2007 9:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

kiddo, you must get dicks picks #8, and dicks picks #4. your life will never be the same again! get em for x-mas.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Nov 24, 2007 8:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

and Dick's Picks Volume 16, 11-8-69... The Other One in a Dark Star weave!

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 24, 2007 4:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

welcome. As for shows just go for it. That's the beauty of the site. You'll find your way. Trail and error. Also, don't be put off by some of the posts you're seeing lately. Much like experimenting with gigs to get what you need, do the same with posters. Many good folks here to recommend top notch stuff. The other nonsense you see just disregard.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Nov 24, 2007 8:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

Like they said...

I usually follow the pack's ratings as a they come in Recently Reviewed Items and threads. Swing vote goes to Dr. Flashback. But I also scanned year by year pages as my tastes evolved -- look for the show with 20+ reviews and very high ratings to start.

Of course each has their taste buds, it depends on if you're in the mood for power, jams, jazz, groove, space, whatever, etc. Just with 2 similar shows in 1968, 10-12 or 10-13, I flip-flop still. Now, I'm searching for that Blues for Allah sound (vaguely 73-75) with Keith on Fender Rhodes electric rather than piano. Does Ethiopique show up embedded?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL1b0tHG4Lo

Aside from releases, I like:

1968 August-October

Spanish Jam
http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-02-14.sbd.kaplan.15640.sbeok.shnf

The Other One
http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-08-21.sbd.cotsman.17355.sbeok.shnf


August-Sept 1972, esp 8-21 + 8-27 + 9-28
http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=%28collection%3AGratefulDead%20OR%20mediatype%3AGratefulDead%29%20AND%20-mediatype%3Acollection&sort=%2Fmetadata%2Fdate&page=9


Sorry but the 80s have a lot of charm, esp if you like the guitar tone and space, though I admit mostly I'm into the 2nd set until another Another Sat Night or similar.

mellow 1985 20th anniversary show 2nd set
Morning Dew, China Doll, Comes a Time get me
http://www.archive.org/details/gd85-06-14.sbd.carman.13747.sbeok.shnf

The Beam AND Space>Dear from
http://www.archive.org/details/gd85-09-07.sbd.miller.18102.sbeok.shnf

runs of 1989
like Dark Star>...>Stella
http://www.archive.org/details/gd89-10-26s2.dsbd.miller.18664.shnf


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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Nov 24, 2007 11:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I'm new to this

Welcome! I made a Word document listing the 300 shows, 1966-1979, which have the highest ratings here; also all the commercial releases. Each listing includes the set list and the best reviews, as well as a little history, quotes from books, etc. It's in order by year-month-day, and you can poke around pretty easily in it. It's sort of a selective discography of the most highly rated shows on the Archive.

I'd be happy to attach it to an email, for free. Just drop me a note at mmiedmonds[at]gmail.com and I'll send it (anybody else is welcome to it, too)

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 24, 2007 11:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

Welcome Aboard!! As others have stated, keep an eye on this forum as the people who post here are excellent reviewers and as you can already see have expertise in almost era of the band. I personally like to bounce around from era to era and have found the "this day in grateful dead history" option to be a useful tool for finding shows. Today there are 3 shows all from the 70s and I am currently enjoying the one from 11-24-78.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd78-11-24.sbd.prefm.13948.sbefail.shnf

Nice Jack Straw opener and this pre-fm board has a great sound although Jerry is having some vocal issues because he is suffering from the flu.

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Nov 24, 2007 10:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

My suggestion would be to begin at the beginning with 1965 and 1966 in the archive and then click here for the keys to the kingdom http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=104800
enjoy
:¬)

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Poster: tank_tuba Date: Nov 24, 2007 9:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

This site is a good place to start. Every show that's been put up so far is stellar. It takes a while to download a show, but it's worth it.
http://www.gdfiles.com/blahg/

As far as what era's of the Dead you should get into, my opinion is the only era's you should pay any attention to are the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's. With heavy doses of '68 through '74. Peace.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Apr 23, 2008 1:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I'm old at this

thanks average joe.


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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 26, 2007 10:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1968 Charlie Miller 9-20

see above.

and file attachments - see below and elsewhere - are working again!

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Poster: Stealz Date: Nov 24, 2007 8:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

Welcome deadlover! Nice to have you here with us. I second BlueMtnMan's suggestions. You might also check the "recently reviewed items" section located on the forum's home page as a random place to go for random shows.

How one goes about delving in to the music is never right or wrong. Another suggestion is to check this forum often. There are many, many good people posting good stuff about great shows. You'll often find that someone has either recently listened to a show and they want to provide the rest of us with a heads up and review or someone else is looking for show recommendations (like you!) and links to shows that follow suit are posted by others.

Again, welcome. Glad to have you aboard.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 24, 2007 1:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

Hey man, sounds like you're already off to a good start. IMO the 70's are where it's at, particularily 72-74 and 77 but naturally 68-69 have some tremendous magical moments too if you can get past listening to Dark Star and Other 1 ever show.

I think the 80's have some good playing if you decide to venture there especially 81 and 87-91. Be skeptical of people who only listen to 79 and 81 but ESPECIALLY be skeptical of people who think 84-86 were the bands best years. This means you Pat Kelley : )

The best advice so far that I see is average joes

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 24, 2007 3:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

"...if you can get past listening to Dark Star and Other 1 ever show"

well, johnny, if you had said Lovelight or Alligator, i might well have taken your point, but Dark Star? TOO? ... if songs were clothing, i'd drape myself in Dark Star forever

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 24, 2007 5:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

yeah, you're right about Dark Star. It is THE song of songs. So much so that it can't even be classified as a song. I didn't say that I minded it though did I? : )

My only point is the same set list every show in those days but then again as we all know even though the setlists were limited the playing was limitless. Bad example I guess though.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 24, 2007 7:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

hey, i knew where you were coming from, just using your post as a jumping off point for me to open my mouth so to speak; have good days

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 24, 2007 7:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

Hey Jots, we both knew what you meant. It was repetitive, but still amazing...the variety from 68 thru 70 for even just DS is boggling.

Nonetheless, newcomers probably do need to jump around abit; the early era stuff is what grows on you as you really get into it...sometimes it can be rough (some vocals, some cuts/quality of recordings). The whole experience can take a few yrs to lead them to a focal point (not that that has to happen...just find that often it does...it's taken 40 yrs for me to come to be obsessed with 68-70.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 24, 2007 3:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

Who needs to "get past" it?

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 24, 2007 6:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

definately not you Tell : )

Me on the other hand, I like to move around all the eras. But it's all cool. That's one of the great things about the band, there's truly something for everyone don't you think?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 24, 2007 9:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

Yep--that's part of the appeal for sure...still love getting the reaction out of folks when playing a selection from the first album, then Anthem, then Live, then Workingman's; what variety!

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 24, 2007 9:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

the open-minded part of me is aware that you'll find something to like and love in every year that the GD performed, however, the narrow view has me mostly listening to shows in the late '60s, early '70, '72, '79, '80-'81, and then i fill in the gaps with Jerry band stuff

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Poster: BlueMtnMan Date: Nov 24, 2007 8:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

I suggest downloading a show or two from each year and start listening chronologically. You'll develop a feel for the band as they evolved & be better able to determine which eras you'd like to explore more extensively.
To pick the initial shows you might check out which shows are most downloaded & read the reviews of Dr. Flashback & Capn doubledose. Both of these guys have listened to & reviewed a large number shows and their reviews are reliable.
http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=reviewer%3A%22dr.%20flashback%22&sort=-date
http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=reviewer%3A%22capn%20doubledose%22&sort=-date&page=9

Have Fun!

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Poster: BryanE Date: Nov 24, 2007 2:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

Hello fellow deadlover,

Please allow me to straighten you out right up front by saying you are not too young at all as far as listening and learning about anything and everything Grateful Dead. I was a year younger than you are when I jumped in head-first by going to one of their shows, having never listened to them at all, except for catching Truckin' on the radio MAYBE a half dozen times, probably fewer than that. All I knew about them was what I'd read in Tom Wolfe's book about the Acid Tests and that they were supposedly a great band to see live, although I had NO idea why they had gained that reputation. Turned out, though, that whoever had said that was not quite accurate: to say they were a great band was an understatement!

Really early shows offer a glimpse of a work in progress---young musicians starting out during a period when rock and roll itself was barely entering its adolescence. Recordings from the mid-60's have great energy, and the guys brought a huge sense of possibility and wonder. But while they showed potential and talent, particularly Jerry and Pigpen, the musicianship is pretty primitive. I like listening to that stuff for its historical significance more so than for the quality of the music.

There are a number of participants here that swear by the shows from the latter '60's---1967 onward---as being the best in the collection. I understand their opinion, but don't agree. I do recognize that one of the great things about the shows from that era is that the energy and potential, which were evident when they were first starting out, really do explode, beginning with the first performances of the material that became the Anthem of the Sun album, carrying through to the end of the decade with the songs from Aoxomoxoa and classic performances of Dark Star>St. Stephen>The Eleven>Lovelight, like those edited together to create Live Dead. The sheer power and fearlessness that the band brought to the stage during those years, not to mention the psychedelic unpredictability inherent within the music and the minds of those who were creating it, built a unique foundation upon which The Grateful Dead constructed their vision that carried them and their audience for the next twenty five years.

And then they shifted gears. The songs that became Workingman's Dead typified a new approach and a different style. No longer were they satisfied to merely blow their audiences' minds with marathon brain-frying jams and electricity. The new songs were just a little bit quieter, or even a lot quieter, and many of their lyrics began to take on deeper introspection, more coherence, or both. The style of the new songs, as well as the relationship that had grown between the band and the guys from The New Riders of the Purple Sage, opened up the possibility, circa 1970, of performing music that owed more to Jimmie Rogers than John Coltrane, hence the introduction of acoustic sets and another hue to the Grateful Dead palette. The acoustic sets didn't last for very long, but they were special, and were no less special when they were revived, just as briefly as they had lasted before, during the Reckoning period of 1980. Actually they were even more special because of the mythic status that the acoustic sets had attained by the time the band decided to give them another try.

From the time of Workingman's through the addition of Keith Godchaux on piano and his wife, Donna, on backing vocals, the first tour of Europe, the Wall of Sound era, and the mid-70's hiatus, they continued making strides, in spite of the decline and ultimate demise of Pigpen, a guy who had been much of their heart and soul during their formative years. Jerry and Hunter had their most fertile years of songwriting and Weir came into his own as a composer, too. Listen to the shows from those years and you will hear players, who were great at what they were doing as it was, continuing to develop their technical prowess as well as a more fluid and effective sense of artistic communication between them during the jams.

After a short rest from being The Grateful Dead for a little while, they started roaring back. Talk about the Spirit of '76---the Dead were tighter than ever, and the shows from 1976 and '77 have some moments that are, without a doubt, some of the most incredible they ever achieved.

But burn-out eventually took its toll and the Godchauxs and the rest of the Dead parted ways. A keyboard player named Brent Mydland who had worked on a side project of Weir's and who could sing high harmonies was hired to replace them. And thus began the period during which The Grateful Dead saw their popularity shift from their status of being one of the best-kept secrets in rock and roll to that of one of the most popular touring acts in all of show business. They deserved it, too.

By that time, Jerry Garcia, easily one of the finest guitarists (THE finest, if you ask me) of a generation that included such luminaries as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and a host of others, had honed his skills into that of a true master on the scale of the great artists of all creative disciplines. Everyone else in the band had matured and evolved greatly as musicians, too. The presentation of Grateful Dead concerts was, by now, a well-oiled machine, not only musically, but visually as well, with a light show and stage design that rivaled that of anyone else on the circuit. What the Dead might have lacked in their awesome creativity that typified the amazing performances of the late '60's, they certainly made up for in their own understanding of themselves as progenitors of the old adage, "There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert": theirs was a musical experience that was unique among whatever else could be seen on stage anywhere in the world, and they actually knew how to make it work better than ever.

For a few years, up until the mid-'80's or so, The Grateful Dead were just about as good at doing what they did as they ever were. And the audience, the size of which had been growing by leaps and bounds since the onset of the decade, was becoming more and more integral to the Grateful Dead concert experience as a whole---the people in the crowd awaited every song with eager anticipation, greeting the opening notes of each with roars of baited-breath approval, solidifying the iconic distinction of everything from Beat It On Down the Line to The Wheel. It is because of the band's expertise of musicianship that I tend to prefer listening to performances from this period.

You want a show where they pull out all the stops? Well, I leave recommendations like that to a lot of others who post here because they're just a lot more familiar with many, many different performances than I will ever be. I will toss one link your way, though, because I think this Shakedown Street is one of the best examples of how far they could go with the musical themes that develop during a jam. This thing smokes:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd85-06-30.aud.oade-sacks.set2.7833.sbefail.shnf

Jerry's health problems started to get very serious during the mid- to late-80's, and while great shows would still be performed through the end of the band's tenure, as well as the band realizing their greatest commercial success with Touch of Grey and the album on which it appeared, In The Dark, their highest musical moments occurred more and more and sporadically for the next decade until we lost Jerry in 1995. Never let it be said that they ever gave up, though. Right up until the end, there was probably never a Grateful Dead concert that was without at least some of the incredible spark of musical freedom and exploration that made them, during their time and forever more afterward, one of a kind, the sort of thing that, when it is made, the mold from which it was formed is shattered with nothing of the sort ever to be seen again.

Happy listening and welcome aboard!

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 24, 2007 8:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

Wow!! Amazing post Bryan. Thank you for reminding us old and new why we are here.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 24, 2007 2:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

Bryan - that was one of the finest posts I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I truly hope that some of the petty bullshitters and egomaniacs that have been infesting this place lately will read this and feel shame for the shallow, vitriolic idiocy they've inflicted on us lately.

Thank you, Bryan. You're one of the reasons I'm still onboard this ship of fools. You do us all a great service with your insights.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Nov 24, 2007 2:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

I'm humbled by that, rob, but I have my doubts as to whether it will make more than a ripple against the waves of negativity. It would be nice if you're right, though.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 24, 2007 3:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

Yeah, especially since he disagrees with me...

Seriously, BE, great post. One of these days you and Rob, Arb & SDH will get me to listen to something post 70. But, the beauty of it is that I have so much to occupy myself til then...

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 24, 2007 3:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Perfectly Stated

damn, i don't think there's anything left to be said, and i very much 2nd Rob's emotion; just perfect Bryan, thank you for that very, very enjoyable and well-summed essay

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Poster: BryanE Date: Nov 24, 2007 5:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Perfectly Stated

You're more than welcome. I'm pleased that you guys enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to read

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Poster: Toadsmoker Date: Nov 25, 2007 6:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

<:)....guess your wife wasn't putting out lastnight. Should of put that energy into some lyrics. Maybe next time.

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Poster: Solo Head Date: Nov 24, 2007 8:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

It doesn't matter where you start, it all rolls into one.

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Poster: deadhead66 Date: Nov 24, 2007 10:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pre-Hiatus Recommendations

06/14/69 Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA
05/15/70 Fillmore East, New York, NY
06/24/70 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
08/30/70 Calebration (sic), KQED Studios, San Francisco, CA
09/20/70 Fillmore East, New York, NY
10/04/70 Winterland, San Francisco, CA
11/08/70 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
04/08/71 Music Hall, Boston, MA
06/21/71 Château d'Hérouville, Herouville, France
07/31/71 Yale Bowl, New Haven, CT
10/21/71 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
10/30/71 Taft Auditorium, Cincinnati, OH
12/01/71 Music Hall, Boston, MA
05/23/72 Strand Lyceum, London, England
05/26/72 Strand Lyceum, London, England
08/12/72 Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, CA
08/27/72 Olde Renaissance Faire Grounds, Veneta, OR
09/21/72 Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
09/23/72 Palace Theatre, Waterbury, CT
09/24/72 Palace Theatre, Waterbury, CT
09/28/72 Stanley Theatre, Jersey City, NJ
10/28/72 Public Hall, Cleveland, OH
11/19/72 Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston, TX
11/24/72 Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX
12/15/72 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA
05/13/73 State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA
09/15/73 Civic Center, Providence, RI
10/21/73 Civic Auditorium, Omaha, NB
10/27/73 State Fair Coliseum, Indianapolis, IN
11/11/73 Winterland, San Francisco, CA
11/23/73 County Coliseum, El Paso, TX
12/06/73 Convention Center, Cleveland, OH
12/08/73 Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke U., Durham, NC
02/24/74 Winterland, San Francisco, CA
03/23/74 Cow Palace, Daly City, CA (Audience, C. Connors)
05/12/74 University of Nevada, Reno, NV
06/26/74 Civic Center, Providence, RI
06/30/74 Civic Center Arena, Springfield, MA
07/27/74 Civic Center, Roanoke, VA
07/29/74 Capitol Centre, Landover, MD
08/05/74 Civic Convention Hall Aud., Philadelphia, PA
09/14/74 Olympiahalle, Muenchen, West Germany
09/18/74 Parc des Expositions, Dijon, France
10/19/74 Winterland, San Francisco, CA

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 24, 2007 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pre-Hiatus Recommendations

hey now, how can you leave 6-16-74 Des Moines and 5-19-74 Portland off this list?

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Poster: deadhead66 Date: Nov 24, 2007 1:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pre-Hiatus Recommendations

I'm not proffering my list as a definitive or all-inclusive compilation of the best or greatest shows from '65-'74. I'm simply trying to recommend some of those shows I love and cherish, many of which happen to be less heralded than some other shows I haven't listed.

I'm also not looking to defend my selections (or omissions) or justify them to anyone. They are simply some of my favorites from this era.

Best to all,
deadhead66

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 24, 2007 1:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pre-Hiatus Recommendations

ok. Just a little funnin from someone who pretty much tends to think the years you mentioned were the Deads best. Sorry I didn't realize you were so sensitive.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Nov 24, 2007 9:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

Hey brother

Welcome to the LMA - hope you decide to stay.

If you are not a big 80's guy, i would suggest 9/18/87 - one of the greatest shows ever with a Morning Dew that will melt your soul.

peace and love friend

dire

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Nov 24, 2007 9:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

welcome aboard my friend!!!!to the bus to never everland:) here's a few suggestions, 10-20-68 greek theatre,12-29-68 gulfstream park,8-23-69 st.helens oregon,5-24-70 newcastle,england,11-15-71 austin,tx,9-23-24,72watubury,ct.and 11-11-73 winterland,san fran. 5-14-74 montana,well thats just a few i really enjoy happy hunting!!!! what a long srange trip its been !!!!! peace wwd

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 24, 2007 9:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

whirlwind my friend, where ya been? got some stuff for you ... join us tonite in the chatzy ... Arb

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Nov 24, 2007 9:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

i;ve been here and there arb,i just sent you an e-mail to @juno address thats the only one i have of yours i'll be in the chatzy later i;m putting stuff on disc's right now!! talk to ya later!!!peace

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Nov 24, 2007 9:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

Mornin' Don hope things are well with you.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Nov 24, 2007 9:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

Hey my brother

things are ok - looking at getting another cat this morning. need a little buddy for Spooky.

I hope you are doing ok during this holiday - i'm sure things are a bit rough. been thinking about you and praying for you and your family.

also - thank you for being such a good friend Steve - i am very thankful. still looking forward to hooking up once things settle down. be well my brother and good morning to you too - i hope you are ok

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 24, 2007 10:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Im new to this

Welcome. What a great age! To be 16 again...whewww.

So, if you've been lurking, you probably are already tired of me droning on about these, but here are some good early era starters:

9-16-66
3-18-67
1-20/23-68
10-12-68
12-7-68
4-5-69
11-8-69
5-15-70
9-19-70

This would encapsulate the early, dance band aspect of Pig & the boys, during 66 & 67; into the psych/experimental era of Live Dead times (68 & 69); and onto the Americana/folksy aspect merging the latter with acoustic approaches ala Workingman's/American Beauty (70).

Other folks can help you with post 71 material. There are many here at LMA with vast knowledge on the 70s and 80s, and even a few with considerable experience on the last five years (90s).